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KETEKE director Peter Sedufia, Adjetey Anang present FILMMAKING WORKSHOP this May

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Director Peter Sedufia, known for his compelling period piece Keteke (starring Adjetey Anang, Lydia Forson, Fred Amugi among others) has announced via Facebook, his forthcoming workshop dubbed The Director’s Call.

Slated for this May, the programme sees renowned actor Adjetey Annang as co- facilitator. The three-day event looks to ‘bridge the tension and gap between the new director and the star actor, as well as the new actor and the star actor; and also, the new director and the new actor” Other popular actors/actresses including Ama K. Abebrese, Fred Amugi, Nana Ama Mcbrown will also be given mentorship roles over the participants.

Read Sedufia’s full announcement below:


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Read our review of Sedufia’s Keteke below: 

He should have known – poor Boi – by the way she watched him as he made his way back to the spot she had stopped, that something worse would follow. Hell hath no fury than pregnant Atswei, who has possibly just missed her final chance at making Akete in time for the baby.

And then, as if she hadn’t seen with her own eyes that they had missed the train, he sighs, “we missed the train”. She remains silent. He pushes his luck further, stretching out a gentle hand to touch her shoulder. “Are you alri…”

“Don’t touch me! Don’t you dare touch me!”, she barks!

“What has come over you?”, he inquires, shaken.

“You have. You have come all over me!”, she retorts in the same heightened tone, before grabbing a suitcase and making for the direction which leads back home.

Boi manages to stop her with a stern voice. Then, she goes into a long rapid rant blaming him for what just happened. The outburst is so overwhelming that it causes him to stutter his next sentences.

“THAT TRAIN WAS FOR US BOI, AND NOW WE MISSED IT”

It is important to separate these words from everything else she says in the first scene of Peter Sedufia’s recent film Ketete, for you can hear the lump in her voice as she speaks them. They’re sober and defeated, and summarise a powerfully sad opening scene.

It is 80s Ghana, and the rail system is the one vehicle from the outskirts. That is why them missing this train is a bad thing. It casts the most vehement shadow on whether or not she would achieve her desire of having her child in Akete.

I think Atswei, and my Aku, present similar temperaments –except Atswei (played by Lydia Forson), is expecting, whereas my Aku is merely thinking about it.

But they’re both insufferable. Like Atswei, my Aku complains constantly (in that rapid piercing voice which I hear even in my sleep), is easily underwhelmed at me, and is mischievous in ways usually unheard of about women.

Because Atswei is expecting, and has just missed a very important train, her behaviour may be excused. It is expected of expecting mothers to have this many expectations, and to cause significant neck and back pain in her partner with everlasting mood swings. I’ll get back to you when I have answers regarding my Aku. Also, I should just go ahead and delete some of the above paragraphs if I look forward to a civil conversation tonight.

Actually, wait! All women, pregnant or not, are insufferable if you really think about it…just in varying degrees and different times.

“You’re evil”, husband Boi (Adjetey Anang) cries during an early scene. He has just been served agonising payback. Minutes ago, when Atswei (sitting two feet away on a rail line) flings a stone at his eye…too painful to be playful, she inquires, smiling: “is it hurting?”. Unbelievable!

Immediately, a great idea drops into his afro. He feigns amnesia, and begins to ask disturbing questions: “who are you?”, “where am I?”. These words are frightening any day, more so in the middle of nowhere, and with nobody else around. He laughs after those ten strange seconds, and she’s both annoyed and relieved.

But as Boi (who is himself a tad insufferable too) finds out swiftly, you should never undermine an angry pregnant woman. Never! An idea, greater than his, drops into her bulging womb. She begins to slap her right thigh. The veins on Boi’s face contort into a bovine expression. She looks like she’s genuinely reeling from the pain which announces labour. Of all the things one could request in a time like this, her appetite leans towards coconut water. Coconut water! Where can he get coconut water in a place like this? He directs that question to her. She doesn’t even seem to hear him, and continues her act. Ten seconds after, she too lets out a hearty laugh, punctuated with the words “draw draw!”. These words can pain! It is then that he blurts out those strong words. Atswei is not perturbed. “Eeeeh. That’s why you married me”, she simply responds, satisfied at the effectiveness of her performance.

It is what happens for most of Keteke. Endless quarrelling between lovers, about each other’s mother-in-law, or the gender of their unborn baby, or whose making the baby was in the first place, or whether to partake of a scrumptious table prepared them by a witch doctor they encounter at a point. Everything.

What therefore, is the language of love, for it is not this! Accusing a partner’s mother of being a witch among other grave invectives is definitely not something you would say to someone you have committed to adore for the rest of your life.

There are only one or two occasions where they speak to each other in the tender dialogue that we expect of lovers –one being when Atswei stares death in the face. Stretched out on the tracks, she lets out strained breaths in a fight for her life.  They clarify their true sentiments, in plain words at last, before she closes her eyes and, kneeling over her, he yells into the skies.

Keteke is a very important film because, it exposes the not too pretty aspects of a relationship. A marriage is never entirely rosy, and no matter how many times we say it, it is important to also display it in art, so prospective partners especially, would know that it’s okay to not smile at each other sometimes –that long fights are a love language too, and that the biggest test of a person’s character could be their soul mate too.

A truly moving period piece, Sedufia manipulates expertly, and with godly audacity, many many emotions in the viewer’s eyes and bosom. He explores primarily, the passé theme of love, but through a perspective that is fresh. Interesting that he has to revert to the 80s to execute this. This is the ultimate test of the wedding day promises: when all is lost, and you only  have a spouse for sanity, and a rail line as compass, will they suffice? Will love survive?

Also dominant in the film are the ideas of sacrifice and tolerance. What lengths shall a man go to prove his affection? Catch a grenade? Jump in front of a bullet? Swim across seven oceans? I’d say, surviving through a pregnant woman’s many erratic moods in the wild is right up there with these gestures.

In many cases, a baby is the crowning moment of a love story. Somehow though, it appears to be bad luck for Boi and Atswei. Indeed, it is the reason for several of their tiffs on the journey.

Keteke (also starring Fred Amugi, Adjetey Anang, Joseph Otsiman, Clement Suarez, Raymond Sarfo, as well as General Ntatia), is one of the most successful motion pictures the year has so far produced. It generated unprecedented activity on social media, and obviously translated unto the day of its release. Images from the March 4 premiere show several scores of patrons lining up to watch it. Producers say over a thousand people showed up for the premiere, and they had to turn many away due to oversubscription.

It has proven to be a remarkable filmmaking debut by Sedufia, and automatically takes him to the first rank of emerging directors from these parts. He has grasped an unpretentious way of telling our stories. That is extraordinary, and welcome.

One can only have good expectations for the film, considering the quality which went into its making: a straightforward story which also delicately reveals many astounding complexities.

In the end (and on a very serious note), know this: your woman is always right! It’s just the way these things work: Nana Addo is president, Jollof cures terminal cancer, and your woman is right, every time. She may be insufferable, and cynical, and mildly sadistic, but she’s right, eventually –ask Boi about the witchdoctor who offered them a lavish feast and kept calling Atswei “my lady”.

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“Potato Potatho” star Joselyn Dumas named ‘Best Actress’ at 2017 Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival

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Joselyn Dumas has won ‘Best Actress’ at the just ended Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival for her lead role  in the romantic comedy, ‘Potato Potatho’.

Meanwhile the comedy was premiered in Lagos this week with massive patronage from Nollywood stakeholders, and attendance from the cast.

The Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s movie was premiered in Accra, at the Silverbird Cinema on 30th November, 2017.

This follows a successful showing at Cannes Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival and the British Urban Film Festival.

It was also part of the official selection for the Film Africa Festival which ran from October 27 to November 5.

The film, an African comedy of errors, is about a divorced couple who cannot agree on divorce terms and settle for co-ownership of their matrimonial home and other property.

The movie stars Nigerian actor OC Ukeje and Ghana’s Joselyn Dumas who play the lead roles, alongside Joke Silva, Blossom Chuckwujekwu, Chris Attoh, Nikki Samonas, Adjetey Annang, Lala Akindoju and Victoria Michaels.

At a press screening of the movie on Tuesday, Shirley Frimpong Manso said that the movie was collaboration between Ghanaians, Nigerians and some Swedish people.She also added that due to the vagaries of the film production in Ghana, she adopted a different strategy.

“Potato Patahto has been out for almost a year but we’ve decided to have a different approach. We decided to pursue different market because Ghana is not enough anymore. We been to festivals and we’re releasing in other countries too,” she said.

‘Potato Potahto’ highlights the fact that marriages are fraught with challenges and it takes the two to iron out their differences.

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Barco Studio Readies “Accra We Dey Series”…Out in 2018

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In the first quarter of 2018, Ghana, Africa and the world at large would be thrilled week-in, week-out to a tale which focuses on the struggles of five final year secondary school students as they come to terms with the fact that they are no longer teenagers but full-grown adults, who must make decisions to benefit their future. With several movies under the belt of Barco Studios, one can rest assured that this new series would surely be on the verge editors’ headlines, movie lovers’ hearts and sponsors’ billings across the country.

Kobby Bartels reveals in a recent interview, exciting details of his forthcoming series, ‘ACCRA WE DEY’, which explores themes like innocence, coming of age, revenge, spiritual enlightenment, death and the power of friendship:

You Came Into The Scene With About Two Full-Fledged Movies – How Far Has The Journey Rolled Out?

It’s been a tried and tested journey, where the industry took us through a vigorous process to ascertain whether or not we belonged and I would like to say that by his Grace we are still here and ready to have another go at it hence, #Accrawedeydaseries.

A few Months Ago, You Brought In Your Italian Partners In Anticipation Of Another Blockbuster, So Far We Have Not Seen Or Heard Anything From Your Production House. Why Is That?

 

That was a very ambitious project we embarked on and I think we got a little bit ahead of ourselves when we weren’t in the capacity to execute. The project is not dead as we are fine tuning to deliver in the coming year. The budget was huge, thus, we are still putting things in place, and we trust God to see us through that journey.

Barcos Studio Is Back After Few Months Of Hiatus, What Is New Before The Year Ends?

Right now it is all about “Accra We Dey”#Accrawedeydaseries. This particular series is going to tell a lot about our beautiful country Ghana; we are hopeful because we have assembled the best hands, we have quality equipment, we have the technical know-how, we are ready to start production before 2017 rolls out.

‘Accra We Dey’ Series Seems To Be The Talk Of Town; Tell Us More About It.

We feel it’s a fantastic series that is remarkably written which will resonate with the audience. It’s a coming of age story. The series focuses on the struggles of five final years Senior High School students as they come to terms with the fact that they are no longer teenagers but full-fledged adults who must make decisions to benefit their future selves. The series explores themes like innocence, coming of age, revenge, spiritual enlightenment, death and the power of friendship.

How Would Series With Its Theme Directly Have Impact On The Viewers?

We are hoping to have the viewers engaged in the series as they can relate to the issues and life experiences of our characters. From the onset, we have put our house in order, thus, we know that the public would love it.

The Series Comes Across As An Authentic Ghanaian Story That Will Leave The Audience With Feelings Of Nostalgia And Fond Memories Of The Transition From Teenage Years To Adulthood. What Is That One Lesson That Would Be Learnt After The First Season Comes To An End?

You know history teaches us or should teach us that nothing is new and nothing is what it seems.

Let’s Talk Briefly About The Characters In The Forthcoming Series, How Interesting Are They In Connection With The Plot.

We have a phenomenal casting team that has spent considerable time to cast the perfect individual. Very soon they will be introduced to the audience, who we have no doubt will gravitate towards them.

How Soon Should Your Patrons, Fans And Sponsors Alike Be Expecting The Release Of The First Episode?

The first episode God willing should be out early first quarter next year (2018).

 

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Kofi Siriboe covers Dec/Jan edition of ESSENCE magazine

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Ghanaian Hollywood star Kofi Siriboe covers the latest edition of top fashion magazine ESSENCE. The

The Danielle Kwateng-Clark piece describes the Queen Sugar star as “a young man with ambition”, who’s  “constantly delving deeper into his love of film and heritage”.

Conversation with the K Brothers: On Identity, Heritage, Purpose, and Spirit

 Only 23, Kofi is member of the “First African Family of Hollywood”, which also consists brothers and fellow actors  Kwame Boateng and Kwesi Boakye.

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To truly know Kofi Siriboe is to love a young man with ambition. Yes, that skin, beard, perfect white teeth and toned stature immediately grab your attention. But behind the 6’2″ frame is a deeply conscious 23-year-old man constantly delving deeper into his love of film and heritage.

In his second season of OWN’s Queen Sugar, the talent plays Ralph Angel, the youngest brother of the Bordelon family reclaiming his birth right as a co-owner of their sugar cane farm. Balancing the process of redemption with fatherhood and business, his character is constantly challenged to step up to something greater than he ever expected.

“When I read the description, Ralph Angel was in a hard place,” the Ghanaian-American actor told ESSENCE in the Dec 2017/Jan 2018 issue.

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“He was with his son and about to rob a liquor store, but I didn’t see him as aggressive. I just thought he was broken. Even though I have not been incarcerated and don’t have a son, I remember a time when I felt broken. I also know what it’s like to try so hard and feel as if the world is against you.”

For Siriboe, he’s also trying hard to make his mark in the world with his debut project, Jump. He wrote, produced, directed and starred in the film about mental health. And then there was Girls Trip, the box-office hit he starred in that grossed over $100 million. But near and dear to his journey is fostering a deeper understanding of his African roots.

“In first grade I was asked ‘What’s your favorite food?’ I said, ‘Fufu,’ and everybody laughed. I also remember asking my teacher not to say my full name, Nana-Kofi [Nana means ‘son of kings’]. Last year I went to Kumasi, in Ghana, for the first time and met the king, whose real name is Nana.”

“I didn’t always understand the roots that are woven into my name, but that realization is happening now.”

 

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Yvonne Nelson covers WOW Magazine; talks pregnancy, marriage, God…

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Actress Yvonne Nelson recently put to bed in Accra. A recent WOW Magazine feature sees her divulge her thoughts on marriage, childbirth, her partner among other things, while displaying a glorious baby bump in excellent images.

32, the actress gave birth on October 29.

A multiple-award-winner, Nelson has starred in over a hundred movies including  ‘Princess Tyra,’ ‘Single and Married,’ ‘One Night in Vegas,’ ‘Heart of Men,’ and ‘The Game,’

Yvonne Nelson has in the past, been reportedly romantically involved with footballer Derek Boateng, Ghanaian broadcaster Jon Germain, Nigerian artistes Ice Prince, Davido and Inyanya.

 

Below are excerpts from the feature:

 

Okay talking about mum, how does she feel about the pregnancy? 

“My mum, she used to be so big on marriage, she was very traditional, marriage then baby, until I got pregnant, its like everything changed, I guess your priority obviously changes to something else. She is now more concerned about the Baby.” She brushes a strand of hair out of her eyes.

“She doesn’t pressure me anymore with marriage you know, like its not like I am engaged or married or anything, it’s just that when it happens, it happens. As a woman you cannot marry yourself.”

 

So you are not like a traditional girl that would rather be married before a child

“I believe if I say that, people might say I am not setting a good example, but I think society is just too hard on most of us. The fact is she adds, “Its good to get married, it’s the right thing to do, but then again if you are a woman and you think you are getting to a certain age and you want to have kids and you meet a responsible guy who hasn’t yet proposed but wants to do the same thing, it depends on you and him.

You can go ahead and do it, if u think the guy is right and responsible and he makes you happy, why not?” Marriage nowadays is just ceremony and a huge wedding. The whole marriage thing, that name is just so scary.”

 

I wondered if the pregnancy was planned, “It was and the truth of the matter is, it’s been something that I have been waiting for since I turned 29.” With a grin on her face she continued, “On my 30th Birthday I was in Venice in Italy. I remember the night before my Birthday, I called my mum and I was crying, I cried, I was so sad, I was seeing someone else then and he was an ideal guy and everything. He took me there for my birthday and he proposed,” looking up to the clear blue sky, almost shy, “but I didn’t put it online, I’m not one of those people that would make a lot of noise on stuffs like that.” She began to caress her bump, “He is somebody I would have loved to have a family with but then he wanted me to move to London.”

Rolling her eyes, “My whole life was going to change because of him and its not something you should do, you don’t have to change your whole life because of a man because of your marriage. I am sure most people do, so in the long run it didn’t workout and although I had been praying for a man like that. I had nothing I was doing in the UK, so I decided that I just had to chill, maybe see what the future holds and keep praying for someone else to come around.” The she starts laughing so hard, “Its quite funny because someone proposed and I didn’t even get to have a baby for the person and then this person who hasn’t proposed I’m having a baby for him, so it’s a vibe, it’s friendship, its understanding, its how happy the person makes you, its not about someone putting a rock on your finger and you forget.”

I was curious to know her reaction when she first knew she was pregnant “I wasn’t sure but I suspected I was. I was in London at the time with my man. I was so ready I knew this was what I wanted at this moment in my life. I pray to God all the time and I tell Him that I want to start a family and have kids of my own, it was part of my prayers so I just knew that I’m not married but this is what I want to do. So when I did a test and it came out positive, I was truly happy.” But the hard part was having to tell my mum, she said wide eyed, almost like she was still afraid. “I waited for my mum she had just returned from a trip, I remember telling her I was pregnant and she was so shocked and her first words were but you are not married and I replied her back yes mum I know and then it was a long conversation.” Yvonne credits her mum for being so supportive through her pregnancy “right now she is just so happy and so am I.”

 

I pray to God all the time and I tell Him that I want to start a family and have kids of my own, it was part of my prayers.

As the crew set up on the beach, we took a short walk on the beach, soaking our legs in the water as we chatted some more. “It’s a girl you know, she continued, and her dad is very excited too.” He is not a first time dad, but he is super happy and very supportive. He is British and such a great person, I admire how amazing he is with kids and I respect him for that.” She suddenly has a smile on her face that seemed permanent, “He takes very great care of me.”

I wonder what I would do first if I fall pregnant, “I was so paranoid because I don’t think I have been to the hospital ever, but I got pregnant and I had go to the hospital like every 2 weeks, you know all these different test one must undergo and its scary you know because its your first time. You just don’t know what to expect. People don’t tell you these things.” She laughs “And from the fifth month I began to hide, when I’m buying something from a store an attendant would come over to the car and attend to me. I have been doing stuffs my self, I stopped attending events, I sometimes cook myself and all that but I still produced and done some other stuff, I don’t have a House help so I get to do something’s myself but seeing the baby bump, the new mum got emotional, “That day it was just everything. I have just been appreciating God the entire time because you can feel something moving in there of course you cannot see the baby but you can feel it. That alone is just a miracle you know aside that it hasn’t been an exciting time because its not easy, I always say wow you guys should have told me how pregnancy is and often they would tell you to sleep on your left side and you cant and you eventually have to sleep on your right side.” Laughs, “My pregnancy has been in-between, I have had some down times.” She needs a drink so we walk back to set and she continues, “I knew I would be needing my family around as its my first time, that’s why I decided to stay back in Ghana, I would have been so hard without my family.”

She gets a cold malt drink and I wanted to know if she and her man were talking marriage in the future, “Marriage is scary but off course I would love to have my child to have a Dad around. We would have to have the ideal family setting. As I said I cant marry myself some one would have to marry me off course. So yeah when it happens I will be glad. I don’t want to put pressure on anyone.”

 

Interview courtesy WOW Magazine.

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“Africa, I’m Coming Home” Project” Kick-Starts In Ghana

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Big Events in partnership with the Africa HomeComing Group have interacted with the media on their forthcoming AFRICA I’M COMING HOME” Project at Holiday Inn Hotel days ago.

Tipped to be the biggest event in this calendar year for Africans Abroad, the “AFRICA I’M COMING HOME” project is designed to facilitate the return of Africans from the Diaspora who wants to visit permanently relocate to the continent.

With countless Africans in the diaspora itching to visit or permanently move home, The ‘AFRICA I’M COMING HOME” project seeks to simplify the processes involved in visitation and permanent relocation to Africa from any part of the world.

Speaking at the event organised to introduce the initiative to the people of Ghana, CEO of Big Events, Mr. Prince Mackay, said that his outfit and Africa HomeComing Group (AHG) will serve as the trusted advisory organisations for Africans abroad.

“We will do this by organizing and hosting yearly events that educates and promotes the return to Africa project. The events will be used as a major marketing tool and vehicle for those seeking to return or contemplating the idea”.

He indicated that as part of event to throw light on the project and create a warm atmosphere for ‘returnees’, musical concerts, theatre arts and detailed introduction to the continent and it landmarks through tourism will be organised annually.

‘The annual event will take the form of a festival tailored to promote Africa to Africans as home for everyone with root in the continent.

“We aim to first start hosting such events in Ghana a country identified as being the gateway to Africa; and also first Sub-Saharan African Country to regain independence against colonial rule,” he said.

From Ghana, the train will move to other countries in the West African Sub-Region and to other parts of the continent.

“Beyond being driven by periodic social events, we will ensure that information on the continent is readily available year-round”

“This will be done in collaboration with organisations and individuals with specialty in Housing, Healthcare, Jobs, Business formation, Education, Transportation, Culture, Security and technology and social and cultural integration just to name a few.”

Big Events and AHC Group will also have a team of Diaspora Representatives who will be the direct liaison/ case workers for returnees/repatriates.

They will represent each of the following locations; The United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, the Caribbean Islands, Rest of the world for specific African country starting with Ghana.

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OBITUARY: Father of Hollywood actor Peter Osei Mensah passes…

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The death is reported of the father of Ghanaian Hollywood star Peter Osei Mensah. The sad event is said to have happened on Tuesday, November 7 in Kumasi.

Until his death, Mr. Mensah was proprietor of Mount Olivet School at Odeneho Kwadaso.

Of British ancestry, the actor is best-known for his roles in Tears of the SunHidalgo300Dead Space, Starz original series, Spartacus: Blood and SandSpartacus: Gods of the Arena, and Spartacus: Vengeance.

Mensa hails from Chiraa in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana and relocated at a young age  to Hertfordshire, England with his family.

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